Cork City Council has launched an online public consultation survey inviting the public, communities, businesses, and key stakeholders to have their say on the temporary closures of Emmet Place, Father Mathew Street and Princes Street.
The consultation forms part of a programme of measures being prepared by Cork City Council to facilitate the awakening of the local economy and to support both residents and the public in safely returning to work and commercial life in the city and town centres. Cork City Council has already temporarily pedestrianised the historic Marina riverside amenity, and city centre streets Oliver Plunkett Street, Tuckey Street and Pembroke Street. Street cleansing teams have also been conducting a deep clean of the city centre and Glanmire, Blarney, Douglas and Ballincollig.
Cork City Council Assistant Chief Executive, Brian Geaney said: “As part of coping with and recovering from the Covid 19 pandemic, the city is being re-imagined as the backbone of citizen’s lives. This is a defining time in our history, with so much uncertainty we must try and do what’s best and sustainable for the future and turn this challenge into an opportunity. In doing so, it is critical that we listen carefully to all stakeholders across the city and consult all communities and sectors. We are all in this together and I sincerely hope that citizens will participate in the upcoming consultation”.
Cork City Council Director of Operations, David Joyce said: “The new measures proposed in the public consultation documentation will involve temporary changes to the layout of streets in order to maintain adequate separation space for public health social distancing requirements. Our primary concern during this unprecedented time is to safely facilitate people travelling to work, education and amenities. While the proposed measures focus on protecting health and well – being, all interventions will need to be fully considered across all stakeholder interest groups, so please take the time to visit Cork City Council’s consultation portal to have your say.”
Submissions are invited from the public, stakeholders and interested parties on these proposed temporary road closures. Submissions on the proposal may be made in writing via this online consultation portal https://consult.corkcity.ie/ before 12 midday on Wednesday 24th June 2020.